Open Standards have the potential to revolutionise fields such as education, technology, science, culture, design and architecture.

Open Standards are standards made available to the general public and are developed, approved and maintained via a collaborative and consensus-driven process. The development of Open Standards is a balanced, collaborative process, ensuring sufficient quality and on-going support. Open standards are becoming a reference in Science (Open Access, Open Labs), Education (Open Educational Resources), Technology (Open Software and Hardware), Culture (Creative Commons) and Design & Architecture (Open Making, Open Furniture).

StixCamp is a workshop, unconference-style, hosted outside an urban area. The main aim of this StixCamp is to engage the local community in open science, education, technology and culture. This StixCamp will help break down the barriers to equitable participation in science, culture and technology often faced by those who live in less central locations.

The StixCamp will also discuss plans and ideas to establish a long-term infrastructure in the regions, such as Open Centre for science, education, technology and culture.

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17 July

9:30 – 12:30
  • Location: Pavilhão dos Desportos (Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo)
  • Welcome Session  (FCR Mayor and other institutional representatives)
  • Pedro Russo (Host, Leiden University, NL): Introduction to Open Standards in Science, Education, Technology and Culture
  • Eisuke Tachikawa (NOSIGNER, Japan): Design for Social Innovation and  Grammar of Design Workshop I
14:00 – 17:00 Unconference sessions I
18:00 – 22:00 Visit to Barca D’Alva and Ribeira do Mosteiro – Calçada de Alpajares with archaeology workshop and dinner.

18 July

9:30 – 10:45
  • Invited keynote speaker: Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño (World Bank, US)
  • Eisuke Tachikawa (NOSIGNER, Japan): Grammar of Design Workshop II
  • 11:00 – 12:30 Unconference session II
    12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
    13:30 – 17:00 Unconference session III
    18:00 – 23:00 Museu do Côa (with dinner) and evening visit to prehistoric rock-art site Penascosa (includes Sky observing session)

    19 July

    10:00 – 11:15 Location: Salão Nobre, Figueira Castelo Rodrigo City Hall
    Sessions Presentations & Conclusions
    11:30 – 12:30 Wine Tasting
    12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
    14:00 – 15:30 Visit to Historic Village, Castelo Rodrigo
    16:30 – 19:00 Visit to Faia Brava

    Additional Information

    What to expect?

    A truly engaging experience in Open Standards. Together, we will work on specific issues of Open Standards, from open educational resources to open design. This is not a typical conference; we will have a limited number of talks and the discussions will happen in an informal way through different unconference sessions. It is expected that all the participants play an active role during the 3 days of the workshop through the different working sessions.

    Unconference Sessions

    As you may know at an unconference, some parts of the programme is created by the attendees. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a slot. The sessions should feature open discussions around a topic of the workshop rather than having a single speaker at the front of the room giving a talk, although any format is permitted. We will have specific slots for the unconference sessions, so start thinking about topics, projects and ideas that you would like to discuss during the workshop.

    Reading Material

    Check the following links and reading material about open standards:

  • Opening Science Book
  • A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources
  • Design Thinking for Educators
  • Open Architecture Network
  • WikiHouse
  • Open Design Book
  • Open Government
  • Democratizing Innovation
  • Registration & Participants

    Workshop participation is free and there is no registration fee. We are limited to maximum 50 participants and will allocate spaces on a first-come, first-served basis. It is expected that participants will actively contribute to the sessions over the 3 days. The language of the workshop will be in English. You can register here.

    The list of participants can be found here.

    Travel Information

    Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo is a town located in the North-East of Portugal, next to the border with Spain.

    How to reach

    Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo is best reached by car:

    • Lisboa > Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
      Distance: 380 km
      Directions: A1 - A23 - A25 - N324 - N340 - N332 - N221
    • Porto > Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
      Distance: 261 km
      Directions: IC23 - IP1 - A25 - N324 - N340 - N332 - N221
    • Salamanca > Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
      Distance: 157 km
      Directions: SA20 - A62 - N620 - A25 - N332 - N221




    For more information, please contact:
    Maria Gaivão (Leiden University)
    Knowledge Transfer Officer | INOV Contacto Graduate Program
    Tel.: +31 71 527 5841

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